Public meeting on future of town’s urgent care service

Scarborough Hospital
Scarborough Hospital

A meeting is being held to discuss the future of urgent care services in Scarborough.

The meeting, organised by NHS Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), will take place on Tuesday January 13 at 6.30pm at Scarborough Library. Another will be held at Malton Rugby Club on January 20 at 6.30pm.

Members of the public are invited to attend, ask questions and find out more about how services will work from April 1, when the new urgent care service is due to launch.

The successful provider has been confirmed as Northern Doctors Urgent Care, part of the Vocare Group.

They will provide a range of urgent care services based out of two urgent care centres, with one being co-located with the A&E department at Scarborough Hospital and one based at Malton Hospital.

Dr Peter Billingsley, local GP and lead for the project, said: “The fact that we have successfully commissioned a trusted and highly experienced urgent care provider in the form of Northern Doctors Urgent Care will bring huge benefits for patient care in the area.

“I firmly believe that the best urgent care services are co-located with A&E and MIU. There is better knowledge in the local community and less need for patients to decide which service to access. It avoids the `shall I go here or shall I go there` dilemma which was raised by many people during our engagement exercise. It will ensure we achieve our main aim of helping patients to get the right care, first time.”

He added: “We appreciate that people will have lots of questions about the new service.

“For this reason we are holding two public meetings to give people the opportunity to find out more and ask questions.”